by Brooke Duncan
LAST Wednesday night, a group of talented young students from Chinchilla Dance Studio converged on the Chinchilla Cultural Centre to dance the night away at their end-of-year dance concert.
The event, Lights, Camera, Dance, showcased the dances the students learned throughout the year.
Chinchilla Dance Studio co-teacher Kristen Flynn said the students performed 11 dance routines, all to famous movie music.
"It's all songs from movies that hopefully people know and we've tried to cover a different scope from Saturday Night Fever to Step Up, so we try and please everyone in the crowd, but the kids also like the songs to dance to,” she said.
There was certainly a diverse range of movie music, with songs from films including Australia, The Hobbit and Pinocchio.
According to 10-year-old Charlotte Cross, her favourite number was the finale, performed to Better When I'm Dancing from The Peanuts Movie.
Charlotte said she got nervous before a performance but, like the song says, she felt better when she danced.
"Whenever I'm sad, I just dance at home and it makes me feel happy,” Charlotte said.
Meanwhile, Caitlyn Manuel, 14, said one of her favourite dances was the charleston.
"I really love the charleston dance because it's going back to what my parents learned about,” she said.
Co-teacher Asha Josland said it was an excellent night, with about 60 students performing for an audience of more than 300.
"We had a really successful night, all of the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” Miss Josland said.
"A lot of the students were asking if we could do it again.
"They wanted to do another show because they love it so much.”
Both teachers thanked the community sponsors who donated raffle prizes for the event.
"All the raffle money will go into something to put into the studio,” Miss Flynn said.
"Last year we bought a ballet barre and have been using that throughout this year.”
They also wanted to thank the studio's student teachers, Miss Emma, Miss Iliana and Miss Skye.
Behind-the-scenes volunteers including Helan Honnery, Elissa Lean, Tara Rogers, Kellie McKensey, Helen Hubbard, Peter Gerke, Megan Danslow, Sharon Fendley, Donna Freyling and Brian Shoesmith were also thanked for their contribution.